Fire at Gatlinburg resort damages new building

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (WATE) - Multiple fire crews battled a fire at Gatlinburg's Westgate resort last night. The fire occurred just after midnight at an empty building that was under construction. Guests at the resort were evacuated and sent to nearby resorts as a precaution. 

The first crews on the scene encountered heavy smoke and fire from the roof of the four-story structure, but no one was injured.

"A little after 12 a.m., they started banging on the doors telling us to get out," said Denise Fink, who was staying at the resort. "It was very scary."

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The damaged building is four stories high and consists of 32 units, according to Westgate GM Russell Archuleta. It was about six months away from opening.

"Just like we did in November of '16, obviously we want to be proactive and get it back on track," said Archuleta. "It's a temporary setback for us, but we'll get back on track."

Westgate employees said about 25 percent of the building was damaged.

Fire departments from Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Sevierville and the Sevier County Volunteer Fire Department were all on hand to contain the blaze.

The cause of the fire is unknown at this time. No injuries were reported.

The building was being rebuilt after the East Tennessee wildfires destroyed much of the resort in November 2016. Seventy of the 90 buildings at the Westgate Resort were destroyed in the wildfire.

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